How Much Do You Know About NASA Facilities? Part Seven

Welcome to the seventh and final installment in our series on NASA facilities.  In this article, we are going to focus on the last of the NASA facilities we’ve not yet explored. We hope you’ve enjoyed the journey.

NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC)

Located at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, the NESC’s mission is to establish a knowledge base of technical specialists pulled from each of the ten NASA Centers to form a partnership and organization external to the Agency. The group is then organized into disciplines called Technical Discipline Teams (TDT). By organizing the TDTs, the NESC is able to optimize its processes and strengthen its technical capabilities, ensuring NASA remains a leader in engineering excellence.

The Subject Matter Experts at the NESC provide consultations and draft technical reports for the NASA community. This includes lessons learned and proactive investigations to identify any potential concerns before they become problems. The NESC has also established a Data Mining and Trending Group that includes representatives from all NASA Centers.

NASA Headquarters

Located in Washington, DC, NASA Headquarters provides the overall guidance and supervision to the Agency, led by the Administrator. Together with the ten NASA Centers, NASA Headquarters sets the Vision, Mission, and Values that are NASA.

The primary focus areas for NASA include:

  • Aeronautics – Continuing exploration into flight technology

  • Exploration Systems Development – Programs for deep space exploration, including Artemeis

  • Science – Exploring and reaping the benefits of space exploration, including the Earth, moon, Mars, and beyond

  • Space Operations – Continuing operations in low-Earth orbit

  • Space Technology – NASA continues to lead and create new technologies in space, benefitting America’s economy

  • Mission Support – Management and support of the functional areas that support the Agency mission


There’s more to NASA than just Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers. It takes a lot of people working together to make such a difference to drive U.S. space exploration forward. Many of those people are hidden in plain sight, in communities that you may not have heard about. We hope that you’ve learned about some of the interesting work of those people through this series.

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